Nam Tran, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Associate Director, Point-of-Care Testing Center for Teaching and Research (POCT•CTR)
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
University of California, Davis
3435 Tupper Hall
Davis, CA 95616
Ph: 530-752-8471

  • Antimicrobial therapy and infectious diseases
  • Burn and trauma critical care
  • Diagnosis and management of sepsis
  • Point-of-care testing
  • Conducting clinical outcomes-based research in burn, trauma, and emergency surgery patients
  • Development of software-based clinical decision-making and training tools for critical care
  • Development and application of novel molecular pathogen detection methods
  • Characterize the kinetics of pathogen invasion and dissemination in sepsis

Dr. Tran received his B.S. degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in 2003, from UC Davis. In 2008, he completed his Ph.D. in Comparative Pathology from UC Davis. He served as a postdoctoral scholar at the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) UC Davis – Lawrence Livermore Point-of-Care Technologies Center from 2009 – 2011. During this time he also completed a M.S. in Pharmacology and Toxicology and a fellowship with the UC Davis Graduate Studies Professors for the Future Program. In 2011, he was recognized for his contributions to the field of clinical chemistry and was voted into the membership of National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry. In the same year, he was also accepted to the Clinical and Translational Science Center’s (CTSC) K30 Mentored Clinical Research Training Program (MCRTP) to further his research training in burn critical care.

Currently, Dr. Tran serves as Assistant Adjunct Professor, Associate Director of the Point-of-Care Testing Center for Teaching and Research (POCT•CTR), Department of Medical Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. He serves as Principal Investigator for the American Burn Association Sepsis Trial [multicenter, randomized, controlled trial] and Instructor of Record for the Department of Biomedical Engineering’s course on clinical applications for biomedical device design.

Dr. Tran is a member of the American Burn Association, American Association of Clinical Chemistry, National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry, and the Society for Critical Care Medicine.